Importance Of Beauty In Northanger Abbey And A Vindication Of The Rights Of Women

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During the romantic period, society judged women on their beauty, something that they have no control over. This idea of beauty being pushed on to young girls and this made them feel as if beauty was the only thing that’s important, but the romantic period literature was going to change that. As shown in Northanger Abbey and A Vindication of the Rights of Women beauty is displayed as the single most important thing for women and the following of these set beauty standards, which is wrong and degrading to women, this then affects how women are depicted in literature, changing the work’s tone to be satirical, making fun of this idea, or rebellious, in going away from these beauty standards.
Instead of degrading women based on their beauty, women
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A Vindication of the Rights of Women rebels against this idea of beauty standards, as well as bringing up excellent points as to why these beauty standards are wrong. She does this by encouraging women to “believe in their [own] strength of mind and spirit,” (Wollstonecraft 600) because she can not do this without their help. “I [Wollstonecraft] wish to persuade women to endeavor to acquire strength both of mind and body” (Wollstonecraft 600). In other words, Wollstonecraft wants women to become stronger and start to believe in themselves, in hopes that one day they will be able to help her fight back against these beauty standards. Wollstonecraft knows that she needs help to do this, but in order to make these standards go away, she needed to prove her point to women as to why they should join her fight against these beauty standards. The way that she did this was to write this piece, in a rebellious tone to help her point to come across urgently. At this time writing like this was extremely radical, because of the way that Wollstonecraft just comes right out and states that these beauty standards need to go away. “Dismissing, then, those pretty feminine phrases, which the men condescendingly use to soften our slavish dependence” (Wollstonecraft 600), is an example of Wollstonecraft’s boldness and how she writes with a rebellious tone. This bold word choice helps her points to come across stronger and more urgent to society.In hopes that society feels as though they need to change these beauty standards. Based on just one part of this quote it shows how degrading these beauty standards were to women. By how Wollstonecraft used the term “slavish dependence” to show that these standards have caused women to believe that having a “slavish dependence” on their husbands is normal. When in fact it’s not and that’s why these standards need to go away. Women should not need

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